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Ant-Man and the Wasp Movie Review by Ms. H

Disclaimer:  The views expressed here are mine alone and do not represent those of allgames.com.

Introduction to Ant-Man and the Wasp Movie Review by Ms. H

I planned to see Ant-Man and the Wasp ever since I saw the movie preview and trailers.   Marvel movies do not disappoint -- so I was ready to sit back, relax and enjoy Ant-Man and the Wasp.  Did I enjoy this movie? Read on to find out.

Cast of Ant-Man and the Wasp Movie

Of course, actor Paul Rudd is back as Ant-Man. He casts well in this role, so I knew he would return.  I wasn’t sure how adding the Wasp as a character would play out, but it looks like Evangeline Lilly did ok in this role.  That being said, I think the Wasp needs to be less serious. It didn’t help that there didn’t seem to be any on-screen chemistry between the two -- in my opinion. Regarding the rest of the cast --  Michael Douglas is back as well as other new actors to the movie.

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Storyline of Ant-Man and the Wasp Movie

Ant-Man and the Wasp’s storyline kept my interest.  The movie involves quite a few characters -- one in particular that may surprise you. There are plenty of  comedic lines and situations in Ant-man and the Wasp, including humorous physical acts as well. In some instances, you may find yourself laughing out loud or at least smiling.

If you prefer action instead of comedy, there are many  action scenes in Ant-Man and the Wasp movie as well. Some of the scenes are made possible by the use of Computer Generated Imagery (CGI), which is par for the course for Marvel movies.  If you are not interested in the comedy or action in the Ant-Man and the Wasp movie, then you will probably enjoy how the elements of the story pans out.

Caution: Even though Ant-Man and the Wasp is rated PG-13, there are some violent fight scenes and fast moving action that may not be appropriate for children; however, these scenes were not graphic and did not take away from my rating for this movie.

Assessment of Ant-Man and the Wasp Movie

I found  the Ant-Man and the Wasp movie to be worth my time and money.  Yes -- money. Even though I used my MoviePass, I paid an additional  $1.50. When I asked why at the ticket counter, I was informed this was one of those “big” movies where you pay sort of a surcharge or a fee along with using your MoviePass card.  I jokingly told the ticket counter person that I would report this fee in my movie review. She said I should mention that the movie studios (Disney) -- not the movie theater (Regal) requested this fee. lol

However, if I did not have a MoviePass, I would have paid full price to see Ant-Man and the Wasp movie anyway. Bottom line -- I enjoyed watching the movie and to me, the movie was entertaining. To be clear -- this movie had to grow on me as I watched and it got better as it progressed.  

Rating of Ant-Man and the Wasp Movie

Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars, with 5 stars being the highest, I rate Ant-Man and the Wasp movie 4 ½ stars.

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Uncle Drew Movie Review by Ms. H

Disclaimer:  The views expressed here are mine alone and do not represent those of allgames.com.

Introduction to Uncle Drew Movie Review by Ms. H

I was on the fence about seeing this movie but decided to give it the benefit of the doubt.  The scenes in the preview of the movie seemed like a comedy tv show instead of a movie, but i went to see it anyway -- using my MoviePass.  Looks like I should have stayed on the fence and skipped this movie. You may want to do the same. Without further ado, here’s my review of the movie, Uncle Drew.

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Synopsis of the Uncle Drew Movie

The simple synopsis of Uncle Drew involved a basketball coach’s goal to put together a team of basketball players in order to win a tournament.  As he was turned downed by competent players, he happened upon Uncle Drew who impressed him with his basketball skills -- even though he was more mature than the other players he was trying to recruit.

Pros of Uncle Drew Movie

A plus is that Tiffany Haddish, the comedian who has been enjoying a good year in 2018, had a part in the film.  

There was an action scene in the movie involving a car chase.

Cons of Uncle Drew Movie

Actual basketball players were in this movie; however, they were made up to look a lot older than they were in real life.

There was poor acting all around including the basketball coach as well as the basketball players. They were definitely not professional actors. Shaquille O’Neal has appeared in previous movies -- but his acting skills have not improved from experience.

Additionally, the weak subplots did not help the movie any. In fact they could have been omitted without anyone noticing.  Specifically, there was a subplot involving a feud between two of the players due to a woman who was now deceased. Another subplot involved the wife of one of the players trying to keep her husband from playing in the tournament.  However, somehow, she ended up being in the game herself.

The predictability level of Uncle Drew was high.  I think the moviegoers knew the team was going to win when the movie began.

One of the actors --  Nick Kroll as Mookie was miscast.  In fact, he was not only miscast in the movie, but looked out of place being anywhere near a basketball court.

There was too many ageism and stereotypical jokes in the movie that were not humorous but came off as being demoralizing to older people -- especially due to the cliches.

This movie was supposed to be a comedy, but it was not humorous to any degree.  The audience laughed when the coach insulted Shaquille O’Neal about his face -- but that was not funny to me.

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Assessment of the Uncle Drew Movie

I’ve seen many basketball movies in the past that passed muster with me, and was hoping this one would fall into that category.  However, nothing could save his movie which would have been better off going straight to DVD. Even though this movie was a parody -- it was not an entertaining one to me.

I think the Uncle Drew  movie could have been improved if:

  1. Tiffany Haddish had a bigger role in the movie
  2. Eliminate the “old people” makeup
  3. Use skilled actors
  4. Get rid of or reduce the number of ageism jokes,
  5. Include a twist of some sort to add suspense to the movie
  6. Have the woman that the players were feuding about cast in the movie

On the positive side, the movie was relatively short unless you stayed to watch the outtakes at the end.  

Rating of the Uncle Drew Movie

Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars with 5 stars being the highest, I rate Uncle Drew 1 ¾ stars.

Gotti Movie Review by Ms. H

Disclaimer:  The views expressed here are mine alone and do not represent those of allgames.com.

Introduction To the Gotti Movie Review by Ms. H

I was searching online for new movies and came across the Gotti movie starring John Travolta that showed a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 0%.  I couldn’t believe that this movie got a 0%. If you follow my movie reviews, you probably know that I am not influenced by other people's opinions.  I watch the movie and come to my own conclusions about a movie.  However, after seeing that 0% score, I just had to see the movie for myself and see if the movie was good, bad or indifferent. 

Since the specific day I went to see Gotti was the last day that it would be shown at that particular theater,  I watched two movies in one night. -- Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Gotti. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ended in time for me to go back to the ticket counter, redeem my free movie ticket and then reenter the movie theater to see Gotti. By the way, I earned a free movie with my movie rewards points-- outside of MoviePass.  Was this movie worth my time? Check out my movie review and find out.

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Storyline of the Gotti Movie

I’ve seen crime movies in the past, so I expected to see plenty of court appearance scenes, and so forth. This movie seemed to focus on Gotti grooming his son to take over -- even while Gotti was constantly in the courtroom with lawyers. The movie showed a few cases where he won; but on the ones that he lost -- he lost big.

Acting Abilities of the Actors in the Gotti Movie

For the most part, I think the actors performed adequately in their roles. I expected  to see more emotion from John Travolta, who as I mentioned previously starred as Gotti. There were a few scenes, but not many to let the audience know what was going on in the head of John Gotti. I think the best actor in the movie was Spencer Lofranco who played the son of John Gotti and the worst actor was Kelly Preston who played the part of Gotti’s wife, Victoria.  In my opinion she delivered her lines emotionless and was unbelievable to me in this role.

Director Skills Needed to Improve in the Gotti Movie

I think this movie suffered mainly from poor directing and maybe editing -- instead of bad acting. For example, during the bar scene fight, It was obvious to me that the fighting was not being performed by capable actors or stunt people. I even saw a man just hit out in the air -- with noone close enough for him to land a punch.  From then on, the direction seemed to go downhill -- depending on the movie scene.

Regarding John Travolta’s acting -- instead of concentrating on delivering his lines, he seemed intent on trying to emulate the position of Gotti’s lower face -- which came across as being contrived.

There was also a poor choice of songs during the movie for many of the acting scenes. For instance, the screen would show a certain year the action was taking place, e.g., 1988, and in the background you would hear current rap songs that did not match the scene.

The above being said, I think the worst directing of this movie occurred when there were flashbacks where actual footage from television news shows appeared.  Many times, the scene would change from a clear focused one (the present) to one of fuzziness (the past) because of the flashback of an event that happened on TV in the 1980’s. There was no transition between these scenes to alert you that you are now looking at a flashback instead of the current scene in the movie.

There was also poor transitioning during some of the dialogue. If someone was telling a story and mentioned a street name -- during the flashback, the camera would show the street sign of that particular street right after the name was mentioned -- and then the action would follow.   I found this to look amateurish on the part of the director.

Assessment of the Gotti Movie

All was not lost with the Gotti movie. Even though I did not like watching the violence throughout the movie,  a plus for the movie is that it is relatively short, there are no overtly gruesome scenes in the movie and it was a simple, straight-forward story.  I was expecting to see far worse than what I saw. The major problem as stated above was the directing in the movie vice the acting. Since the movie was free, I did not feel as if I wasted my time. Bottom line, the movie Gotti was just a movie biopic on John Gotti -- a movie that was in no way spectacular but was also not extraordinarily bad.

Rating of the Gotti Movie

Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars with 5 stars being the highest, I rate Gotti 2 stars.

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